Michael Jackson's estate slams documentary about his accusers

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2019

Sundance Film Festival has added the world premiere of the documentary "Leaving Neverland" to its line-up. The documentary will be screened in the special event category at the festival in two parts.

"If there's anything we've learned during this time in our history, it's that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors' voices need to be listened to", director Dan Reed said in a statement. Two years later, his family was invited to stay at Jackson's Neverland Ranch home in California, where he claims he slept in Jackson's bed and said he was first sexually abused by him. Jackson frequently hosted groups of young fans, as well as neglected and terminally ill children.

"At the height of his stardom, Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families", the film's synopsis states.

But it's unknown who the two accusers are.

Vince Finaldi, who represents Wade Robson and James Safechuck in lawsuits alleging Jackson molested them, said the suits were dismissed on technical grounds, not the credibility of the men's claims, and they are now under appeal. However, the website for Reed's Amos Pictures shows a photo with Jackson and Robson.

"Wade Robson and James Safechuck [who was Jackson's companion as a child and sued Jackson's estate over sexual abuse claims] have both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them", the rep continued. Safechuck and Robson, the latter a self-proclaimed "master of deception, ' filed lawsuits against Michael's estate, asking for millions of dollars". Both men have tried to bring their accusations into the courtroom, but their cases were dismissed.

"This so-called "documentary" is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It's baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project".

It's unclear how the film will impact Jackson's legacy.

The latest to share their opinion on the documentary is Ne-Yo who says the "Ignition" singer can not be compared to Michael Jackson since there's endless proof of Kelly's disgusting acts compared to MJ.

Will Leaving Neverland have a similar effect after it premieres, or will the Jackson controversy be left undisturbed?

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